Careless Orthodoxy

This week I had the privilege of speaking to Southern Baptist state evangelism directors at the headquarters for the North American Mission Board in Atlanta, GA. My topic was “witnessing and worldviews.” I shared biblical imperatives that I see as essential for our conversations about faith in an increasingly secular age.

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If You Can’t Silence that Sad Song, Make it a Duet

The holidays are not happy for everyone. And I’m not just talking about the Grinch. Many can find it hard to smile, to brighten the room, to attend the party, to enjoy the company, or simply to look to heaven and give thanks.

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The Evangelical Church is Sick in the Head

Is sin a big deal? Not really. Do all religions lead to God. Probably. Is truth objective? Nope. The “State of Theology” results are in, and they aren’t good.

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Waiting for a Superhero

Humanity has a stubborn smile. In spite of our growing secularism, we are optimistic. But the evolutionary story of progress, with the survival of the fittest, with nature red in tooth and claw, has no basis for hope. So, we live as if another story is true.

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Civil Discourse and the Way of Jesus

Last week I had the wonderful privilege of talking with a group of students who are part of an mutlifaith fellowship at a university in the northeast.  Their leader, a friend I’ve known for several years, reached out to plan the conference call. The only problem was that I was teaching a class at Cedarville during the time they requested, so we just allowed my class to listen in. It was a lot of fun.

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The Devil’s Day

Imagine Satan walking down your street asking for favors. Well, on October 31st, it’s not that hard to do. But actually it is. That kid with horns, a pitchfork, and a long red tail doesn’t really present the kind of demonic temptation we find in the Bible. Go ahead and give the kid candy, but he really should find a better role model for choosing a costume. Good grief.

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Martin Luther’s Reformational Vision of Youth Ministry

Luther didn’t mince words. He was ticked. He found the theological illiteracy of the people sickening. He blamed the pastors. And so he wrote a short instructional guide for them to begin discipling the simple and the young. He launched the Reformation. Now he was launching local church youth ministry.

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Is It Right For You To Be Angry?

Jonah was a self-absorbed prophet. Maybe that’s why his story is so timely. We can all get more focused on our stuff than on the salvation of others. God help us.

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Towards a Better Moral Imagination in the Public Square

Evangelicals can be guilty of aiming their public witness in the wrong direction. Some might think the primary target for evangelical political engagement is Spock, the character from Star Trek, who is a middle-aged, highly educated, white male who operates purely according to reason and lives in outer space.

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